Ubuntu 14.04.3 Desktop Image for Intel Atom Z3735F mini PCs and Sticks

If you’ve been trying to run Ubuntu on Intel Atom Z3735F, chances are that you’ve come across Ian Morrison (Linuxium) work, even MeegoPad T02 is using one of its older Ubuntu image (without his direct knowledge / authorization), and the developer has now released an Ubuntu 14.04.3 Desktop image for Intel Atom Z3735F based devices around five days after the official Canonical release.

Ubuntu_14.04.3_MeegoPad_T02The official Ubuntu 14.04.3 includes the newer 3.19 Linux kernel from Ubuntu 15.04, and a matching X.org stack, and has been upgraded that way for hardware enablement, i.e. to support more hardware platforms. Unfortunately, the image for Z3735F is still using a 3.16 kernel because some dynamic kernel modules only work with 3.16. The image supports 32-bit and a 64-bit bootloaders and includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and Audio support.

If you’d like to update Ubuntu on your device, download and flash ubuntu-14.04.3-desktop-linuxium.iso to a USB drive with ‘Rufus’ in Windows or ‘dd’ in Linux. Insert the USB flash drive in your device, and press F7 or F10 (depending on your UEFI device) in order to select the mass storage device to boot to, and complete the installation. All features should work right after installation with a 64-bit bootloader as found in Intel Compute Stick, but if you have a 32-bit bootlader as found in MeegoPad T02, you’ll have to run two extra scripts: 

Good luck! If you appreciate Ian’s work, you can consider leaving a donation on his Paypal account.

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16 Replies to “Ubuntu 14.04.3 Desktop Image for Intel Atom Z3735F mini PCs and Sticks”

  1. Looks like this image is corrupt. When I try to mount the ISO in Windows, it says the image is corrupt, and when I dd it with Rufus to a usb drive and boot it on my “Meedoesn’tGoPad”, there are lots of errors showing when checking the usb for errors from the grub screen.

  2. I did this to my Meegopad T02 and it worked very well. Only thing not functioning was the Bluetooth in the device. When I put a doggle on it though it worked fine. A note to the one with the corrupt image. In another case, doing something similar to an Asus tablet I had to do a download from the same server, I had to repeat the download about four times before I ended up with a good copy.

  3. Hi, I have problem install linuxium-32bit-patch.sh. After installing is problem to open terminal= NOT POSSIBLE could somebody help me?

  4. I’ve installed this image on my Tronsmart Ara IZ37 (Atom Z3735f). There’s few steps I did:
    – during boot I pressed Esc which opened boot menu and then booted up from the USB disk
    – on the boot menu I chose: “Try Ubuntu without installing”
    – on the first try Ubuntu got frozen in the Unity desktop so I restarted and tried again (same steps)
    – I backed up the whole /dev/mmcblk0 to attached USB hard disk using dd (just in case I need it)
    – I disconnected ethernet and wifi
    – run the Ubuntu installation (icon on the desktop), selected to completely erase the internal disk
    – installation failed on the last step of installing grub bootloader (that’s OK, the bootloader is fixed by running the script)
    – I connected to Wifi and Internet (via network manager on the top right corner icon)
    – I opened terminal and switched to superuser: sudo su
    – Set up the script permission: chmod 777 linuxium-32bit-patch.sh
    – run the script: ./linuxium-32bit-patch.sh
    – the script finished without errors and after the reboot the Ubuntu started automatically
    Note: you have to run the script just after the main installation fails otherwise the ‘/target’ directory doesn’t exist. I also tried to mount the ‘/target’ to the rootfs partition and run the script but the script didn’t work, so make sure you do installation and then immediately after that you run the script.
    – After apt update upgrade and dist-upgrade there is no random freezes any more.
    – apt updates do not affect the bootloader, so updating seems to be safe
    Hope it helps someone…. and many thanks Linuxium!

  5. @Andrei:

    Thank you for your kernel!

    I’m going to try it with my Acer Aspire Switch 10 which is still waiting for a solution to enable sound
    and other hardware support.

    Please, (cross)post your news also in specific forum topics (there should be something related to Switch 10).


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